Make It Here

Northern Kentucky welcomes newcomers and new ideas with open arms, thanks to a robust entrepreneurial community that connects startups and small businesses with mentors, partners, resources and potential funders.

Our Entrepreneurship and Innovation division is the front door for entrepreneurs in the Northern Kentucky region We provide guidance, mentorship, connections and the right tools for entrepreneurs at any stage. In 2018, we were awarded two grants to support entrepreneurs in the 8-county Northern Kentucky region; the RISE Grant funded by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and the i6 Grant funded by the EDA.

In 2019, the EDA awarded Tri-ED with the Seed Fund Support Grant as one of 44 awardees out of 183 applicants nationwide. The Northern Kentucky Seed Fund Initiative will increase access to seed-stage capital in the NKY region. The Initiative will create, launch and manage an investment fund. We are currently seeking RFPs for an individual to serve as the Fund Project Lead. The RFP is available here and responses are due by May 17, 2020.